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Professor Salman H. Abu-Sitta of the London-based Palestine Land Society gives a personal account of how he became a refugee in Palestine in 1948. Using data from his research, Abu-Sitta shows how over 600 Palestinian villages were systematically depopulated by the advancing Israeli forces, leaving many others dismembered by an arbitrary cease-fire line. With maps and demographic statistics, Abu-Sitta shows that, in effect, Zionist policies were an ethnic cleasing campaign that resulted in a...
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Topic: Palestine, Israel, geography, history, zionism
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Universal Justice interviews three United States attorneys who explain how they and others are using American courts on behalf of Palestinian claimants to seek justice for alleged rights violations committed by Israeli officials in Palestine. Featuring interviews with: Maria Lahoud of the Center for Constitutional Rights; Jamil Dakwar, Cooperating Human Rights Attorney; and Abdeen Jabara, Civil Rights Lawyer and Activist. Producer: Noura Erekat
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Topics: "Universal Jurisdiction", Israel, Palestine, "human rights"
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The land known as the Holy Land has been the locus of three of the world's principal religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and a contested area since 1200BC. The original inhabitants, the Canaanites and Philistines, were conquered in 1000BC by the Jews who remained sovereign for about 280 years. For the next 1500 years a series of conquests and occupations left a residual Jewish population in the area of less than 20%, the rest being predominantly Moslem and Christian Arabs. In this three...
Topics: islam, israel, jesus, judaism, middle east, military, palestine
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A documentary filmed in late 2005 that brings the viewer close to the living conditions and unresolved problems for Palestinian refugees in the Lebanon camps. Viewers see the camps with a focus on the issues of health, unemployment, education and the cultural memory of this community of refugees expelled in 1948 and 1967 from their homes in historic Palestine. Alternate Focus is available on the Dish Network, Free Speech TV, Channel 9415, Saturdays at 8:00pm EST and on cable stations near you....
Topics: Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Refugee, Camp, 1948, 1967, Middle East, Alternate Focus
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This is the story of Abdel Kewan, an Egyptian house-painter and handyman who had been working in America for over six years. One morning he stopped at the gates of a Marine base to ask directions after he had missed a turn on his way to paint a house. After a thorough examination of his vehicle and checking his papers, the courteous Marines sent him on his way with better directions, but two weeks later he was suddenly arrested and placed in a jail cell where he has remained for over a year...
Topics: 9-11, middle east, military
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Investigative reporter Greg Palast rakes the filthiest muck of globalization, corporate cons, and high-finance fraudsters in daily newspapers and on nightly national TV in England! Although he was born and raised in Southern California, Palast's consistently shocking reports rarely breach the wall corporate media has gradually built around the American people. As Noam Chomsky puts it, Palast upsets all the right people. However, the film Fahrenheit 9/11, which derived some of its factual...
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Topics: 9-11, iraq, media
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In the wake of September 11, 2001, Congress enacted anti-terrorist legislation known as the USA PATRIOT Act. Provisions of the Act are having profound effects on immigrants from Arab countries. This show examines the impact of the Patriot Act on the Middle Eastern community in San Diego. Legal experts and civil right activists analyze government policy and give their views on its purpose and consequences. Producers: John Odam & Ed Sweed (2003)
Topics: fascism, middle east, riots
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Universal Jurisdiction interviews three United States attorneys who explain how they and others are using American courts on behalf of Palestinian claimants to seek justice for alleged rights violations committed by Israeli officials in Palestine. Featuring interviews with: Maria LaHood of the Center for Constitutional Rights; Jamil Dakwar, cooperating human rights attorney; and Abdeen Jabara, civil rights lawyer and activist. Alternate Focus is available on the Dish Network, Free Speech TV,...
Topic: Human rights, International Law, Dichter, Moshe Yaalon, Ariel Sharon, Doron Almog, Sabra, Shatila,...
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An interview with Ghassan Andoni, co-founder and spokesperson of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) in Palestine. Andoni talks about his organization's non-violent resistance to the Israeli occupation. He discusses the failure of the American and Israeli governments to properly investigate the death of ISM volunteer Rachel Corrie. Andoni provides an the recent Palestinian election, the uprising in Lebanon, and daily life in the Palestinian territories. (2005)
Topics: election, israel, palestine
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Each woman is from Palestine, Israel and Jerusalem. They each voice their perspective and influence with the Palestine / Israel dispute. Each shares stories on how they've personally experienced the woes of the war. In turn, they each have an enlightened and "wise" grip on how to resolve the issue. With stories of friends, violence and children, the intensity of each women's experience is mind-changing. Producer: Chelsea Eiben (2005)
Topics: israel, palestine
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This documentary short film brings the viewer close to the conditions isolating Palestinians within their communities. It is filmed next to the separation barrier that Israel continues to build in the occupied Palestinian territories. Alternate Focus is available on the Dish Network, Free Speech TV, Channel 9415, Saturdays at 8:00pm EST and on cable stations near you. Visit www.alternatefocus.org for details. Terry Boulatta, mother, teacher and community activist, shows how the 27 foot high...
Topic: Palestine, Israel, Settler, Abu Dis, Wall, Home Demolition
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In June of 2004, the Presbyterian Church USA became the first major religious institution in America to take a step toward divesting from companies that support the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories. In an overwhelming 431 to 62 vote at their annual General Assembly meeting, the church approved a process called phased selective divestment. While the first opportunity to consider divesting from companies would not take place for another two years, the backlash against the church...
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Topics: israel, jesus, media, palestine
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Like most Americans, Alison Weir, the editor of a small-town newspaper in California, knew very little about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, other than what she had gleaned from the evening news or newspaper headlines. As a journalist, her attention was on issues much closer to home. Neither a muslim nor a jew, she nevertheless became more curious about the topic of the Palestinian uprising. And as she researched it, she became increasingly suspicious that the American media were not telling...
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Topic: Israel, Palestine, Media, "If Americans Knew"
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In February of 2003, thousands of troops left San Diego heading for Iraq. Among them was Jesus Suarez. He and over 500 others were destined never to return alive. Lance Corporal Jesus Suarez del Solar was part of the contingent US and British forces massing at the Iraqi border in Kuwait. Their mission was to overwhelm the Iraqi army in a few days. Then on March 28 there came a knock at the door of the Suarez residence. Jesus had been killed by an unexploded munition in southern Iraq. But...
Topics: iraq, jesus, kuwait, mexico, military
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American and British forces swept into Iraq they were generally met with smiles and waves. But events did not turn out exactly as planned. The American troops began to suffer losses at the hands of the people they had supposedly liberated, and as U.S. casualties began to mount, the military began an aggressive campaign to root out the insurgency. The Empire Strikes out includes a 5000 year overview of Mesopotamian history and examines the motives behind the invasion of Iraq in 2003. We hear...
Topics: iraq, military
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by Foundation for Middle East Peace
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This 30 minute film, sponsored by the Foundation for Middle East Peace, is a vivid, compassionate portrayal of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Through the voices of Israeli and Palestinian citizens of diverse backgrounds, it reveals their hopes and fears and explores the issues that divide them. It also describes in a compelling way a broad common ground of yearning for peace, pointing the way toward a resolution of this tragic conflict that would meet the deepest needs of both societies. The...
Topic: Israel Palestine Peace
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by Betsy Mayfield
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Alternate Focus presents a 3-minute egg on the lack of news coverage on peaceful arabs.
Topics: Middle East, Jordan, King Abdullah, alternative news, Alternate Focus
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The wall being constructed on the West Bank by the Israeli government is twenty-five feet high. Studded with guard towers and armaments, and encrusted with high-tech sensors, the wall cuts across the land, separating Palestinians from their own farms, their own neighbors, and from the Israeli settlements which have sprung up rapidly as a result of lavish subsidies from the Israeli government. Alternate Focus cameraman Rodney Devereux brings us face-to face with the wall and all its...
Topics: israel, palestine
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by John Odam & Chris Davis
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In may of 2004 images of prisoner abuse in Iraq shocked the world. Was this the work of a few "bad apples," or did the the responsibility go all the way to the top? American Inquisition traces the origins of policies that gave rise to the use of torture. Interviews with journalists, psychologists and legal scholars attempt to peel away the layers of denial and secrecy that obscure the truth about a practice that is widespread, illegal, and ongoing. Producers: John Odam & Chris...
Topic: Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantanamo, torture, Bush, Rumsfeld
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Arab Israeli citizens in Nazarath, Israel created Orpheus, a nonprofit group, to promote classical music among the Arab population in part because the Israeli government has been neglecting music education among their Arab population. Orpheus hires music teachers, trains students, and produces classical music concerts. Producer: Ed Sweed (2006)
Topic: israel
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A searing interview with Avichai Sharon and Noam Chayut, both veterans of the Israeli Defense Forces and members of Breaking the Silence. Sharon and Chayut served during the second intifada, an on-going bloodbath that has claimed the lives of over three thousand Palestinians and nine-hundred-fifty Israelis. After thorough introspection, these young men have chosen to speak out about their experiences as self-described "brutal occupiers of a disputed land." Producer: Sat Gwin
Topics: Israel, Palestine, IDF, Occupation, Breaking the Silence, Alternate Focus
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"I think the American people get it. I think our leadership doesn't get it. They've made a mess." James Zogby discusses American policy in the Middle East. (2005)
Topic: middle east
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Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman began her career in community radio in 1985 at Pacifica Radio's New York Station, WBAI. She produced WBAI's Evening News for 10 years. Broadcasting from a converted fire station in New York City since 1996, the Democracy Now! War and Peace Report airs one hour of international news every weekday. As part of the Pacifica Network, Democracy Now! reaches a wide audience through radio, satellite, and cable television, and through the Internet. Ms Goodman's one-hour...
Topics: internet, media, new york
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by John Odam
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Naba Saleem Hamid is a professor of biology at the University of Baghdad. Educated in Iraq and in England, Dr Hamid sees herself as a non-political person who refused to join the Baath Party during the Saddam Hussein regime. On a visit to California, she describes the conditions in Iraq before the war and how life has charged in her country since the US invasion of 2003. Alternate Focus is available on the Dish Network, Free Speech TV, Channel 9415, Saturdays at 8:00pm EST and on cable stations...
Topic: Baghdad, Iraq, War, Occupation, professor
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Sabeel, Arabic for "The Way", was founded by Liberation Theologist Naim Ateek, Episcopal Canon, Jerusalem, to reach out to Christians, Muslims and Jews struggling for peace in Palestine/Israel. Stating a 10-point process that articulates a Palestinian perspective, Dr. Ateek travels throughout the US to tell Americans what it will take to end the seemingly endless conundrum that has ravaged Palestinian society and become the root of much violence throughout the Middle East. Sabeel...
Topic: Palestine, Jerusalem, Christian, Muslim, Peace, Israel
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This three part production records a teach-in during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in the summer of 2006, held in San Diego, Ca. Legal aspects of war and responsibility are discussed as is the current situation in Iraq. Producers: Ed Sweed and John Odam.
Topic: Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, "Middle East", War
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Noura Erekat discusses the Caterpillar corporation's involvement in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Producers: George Nasser & Ed Sweed (2006)
Topics: israel, palestine
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Congresswoman Maxine Waters speaks about the Iraq War. Producer: Aaron Seeley (2005)
Topic: iraq
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The poignant testimony of Lynn Gras, an American nurse volunteer, who was giving training in neonatal intensive care in Palestinian hospitals under siege during the Israeli attacks on Gaza and Ramallah in May of 2003, forms the basis for this documentary. She describes the impact of the occupation on the physical and mental health of the Palestinian population, and the staff at the hospitals that she visited. We follow Lynn as she travels through the occupied territories, negotiating...
Topics: israel, palestine
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Head of the National Democratic Assembly political party, Azmi Bashara was born in Nazareth to Christian parents. He is a Palestinian and a citizen of Israel. He represents Israel's Palestinian minority in the Knesset. Bishara studies at Humboldt University in Germany, is head of the philosophy department at Bir Zeit University, and is senior researcher at the Van-Leer Institute in Jerusalem. He was one of the founders of the National Democratic Assembly, or Balad. He describes himself as a...
Topics: democratic party, israel, jesus, judaism, palestine
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In this two-part show the candid opinions of street demonstrators are interwoven with speeches and prayers by Christian, Jewish and Muslim religious leaders and peace activists in a San Diego church. Part One includes the moving testimony of the mother of a suicide bombing victim. In Part Two an American rabbi and a Palestinian mother-to-be express their hopes for peace and justice in the Holy Land. Producer: Ed Sweed (2003)
Topics: islam, jesus, judaism, palestine, suicide
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Jeff Halper is the Coordinator of the Israeli Committee Against House demolitions (ICAHD) and a Professor of Anthropology at Ben Gurion University. He has lived in Israel since 1973. Jeff has researched and written extensively on Israeli society and is the author of the book Between Redemption and Revival: the Jewish Yishuv in Jerusalem in the nineteenth century. Jeff founded and directed Israel's Committee to Save the Ethiopian Jews. He has been active in the Israeli peace movement for many...
Topics: anthropology, israel, judaism
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Topics: Alternate Focus, Israel, Palestine, Catepillar, bulldozer
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Though from very different backgrounds, the two Israeli soldiers in this two-part show have come to the same conclusion: yesh kevl (there is a limit). Ram Rahat immigated to Israel from Canda. Ishai Sagi was born and raised in a kabuttz. These two soldiers are among 500 Israeli reserve officers who have signed a letter refusing to serve in the occupied territories-refusing to perpetuate the cycle of hatred and violence beween Israelis and Palestinians. They speak to an audience of decidely...
Topics: israel, military, palestine
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Professor Qustandi Shomali, Associate Professor, Doctorate in Communication & Information at Bethlehem University discusses the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Producer: Ed Sweed (2004)
Topics: israel, palestine
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Alternate Focus interviews James Goldsborough, former columnist for the San Diego Union Tribune. A long-time newspaperman who has worked in Europe and America since the 1960s, Goldsborough had provided a provocative voice to San Diego's conservative daily paper for more than a decade. Last December, however, Goldsborough abruptly resigned from the paper after a column was killed by the publisher. In this December 2004 interview, Goldsborough draws on his extensive knowledge of U.S. and...
Topics: bush, media, middle east